Special Cabinet meeting dedicated to Disability Issues

On 9th January 2020, the Taoiseach and ministers will meet at the Marino Institute of Education to discuss issues surrounding disability.

Christina Finn from the Jorunal.ie reports that the Disability Federation of Ireland stating ahead of the meeting today it is essential that the Cabinet is aware that for people with disabilities there remain huge obstacles and barriers.

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has written to the Cabinet to highlight some of the issues raised in complaints to his office that affect people with disabilities. He highlights a six-and-a-half-year delay in implementing a replacement scheme for the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant schemes that were closed to new applicants in 2013 by the Department of Health.

The National Platform of Self-advocates hope that the meeting will also discuss further funding to support their advocacy work.